Since the day we came home, he has slept huddled in the left hand corner of the crib. Face tucked and pressed into the tiniest corner side slats as close as he can possibly get. His nose, mouth and ears protected and completely covered by the massive shell of Biscuit. His stuffed sea turtle. I don't understand how he can stand to have his whole face smothered, but as soon as I think of taking away the stuffed creature, I can't. I always wonder if he does it because for months he lived and ... View the Post
He's 3. Fiestier than ever. Love is too soft a word to describe his obsession with all things animals. When he wants something, he saddles up next to you, looks up with his baby blue eyes and says, "You want just a wittle bit of ice cream?". Or, "You can watch one more Mickey Mouse. Can't you?" You means he. He eats anything. ANYTHING. Olives, no problem. Salt and Vinegar chips, yep. He calls them sour chips. Blueberries, waffles, strawberries, pinto beans and wheat thins are some of his ... View the Post
There’s no crying at Disney.
There. Somewhere between Adventureland and Fantasyland, after my stroller ninja husband skillfully navigated through gigantic mouse ear balloons, super happy $20-a-picture photographers and mini princesses, I welled up for the first time. I looked ridiculous in my"You Make Me Blush" Bashful Dwarf tshirt, standing in line with our Fast Pass (they are real and awesome) for the Flying Dumbos, my eyes tearing up. It happened again in the Lion King show. And again on the Animal Kingdom safari. The ... View the Post
So much about Tucker's future development was unknown when we brought him home from the NICU 2 years ago. The odds for a 24 weeker were not wholly in his favor in that regard. So each milestone kinda feels like Christmas morning. A gift we weren't sure we would open. One for which we are humbly and fully grateful. There are preemie moms and dads waking up every morning hoping this will be the day their kiddo takes a step. That this will be the day they hear his voice. That this will be the day ... View the Post
Did Someone Say Cake?
I love cake. Good cake. You know, double (or triple) layers of cream made of butter and sugar between dense moist, awesomeness. A year ago for Tucker's first birthday, we had a pretty awesome cake. But Tucker didn't get to eat a slice. He just wasn't there yet with eating solid foods, he was only eating pureed food. We decided to freeze a big chunk, I couldn't bare for this kid to miss out on eating his first birthday cake. It's kind of a big deal. We were hoping at some point this year, he ... View the Post
The Other Side
"There are moments that mark your life. Moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same and time is now divided into two parts, "Before this." and "After this." -Author unknown We're 30 days and counting. Isolation is technically over on April 1st in our region. For a micro preemie, typically 2 seasons of isolation is the recommendation and so this will be the last for us. As we approach the breakout date, I find my brain and heart full of thoughts. Tucker came home from the hospital ... View the Post
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